15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Coromandel
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
6
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stop by Pauanesia, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, thenexplore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour, and finally get impressive views of Mount Eden.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland attractions planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Auckland is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Auckland. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in Auckland hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
On the 28th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Rotorua Museum, take in the natural beauty of Whangapipiro Rachel Pool, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, thentake a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, thenexplore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally take in the natural beauty of Lady Knox Geyser.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua journey maker.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Rotorua to be little chillier, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Coromandel.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Rotorua Museum ©
Rotorua Museum

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Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coromandel: Hahei (Hahei Beach Walk & Cathedral Cove Walk), Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach) and Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga (in Whitianga). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at The Coromandel Smoking Co., explore the activities along Mercury Bay, have some family-friendly fun at The Waterworks, and make a trip to The 309 Road.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Coromandel online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Coromandel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Coromandel are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Mercury Bay ©
Mercury Bay
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenadmire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Artbay Gallery.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Coromandel to Queenstown with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Gardens ©
Queenstown Gardens
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 3rd (Sun), trek along The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then trek along Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Plan my trip to Te Anau with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 5th (Tue), trek along Governors Bush Walk and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. Keep things going the next day: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Moraine Walk, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally trek along Sentinel Rock Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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